All About Pennsylvania Real Estate

By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
The names chosen for a development can be boring usually and other times they can be extremely interesting. Ever since moving to Big Elk we have wondered about the road names. Some are fairly obvious, but it is not till you do a little historical research that the others become meaningful.For example our road Thomas Penn is quite obvious, son of William Penn who after his father died in 1718 travelled to Pennsylvania in 1732 to become the Proprietor of Pennsylvania. William, who had actually been in the Tower of London because of his Quaker views, had been given land in Pennsylvania in 1681 after a charter from Charles II.His three sons inherited the land equally, and Thomas came to Pennsylvania in 1732 and negotiated with the Lenape Indians in 1737 to extend the land owned by the famil...
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By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Ceiling FansKitchen FansExhaust FansPortable FansWhole House FansAttic Power VentsBathroom VentsA/C Units have fansMicrowaves have fansForced Air Heat SystemI’m sure there are more.Anything that moves air, has a fan.I did not know much about ceiling fans until I became a homeowner. I did not know that the direction of a fan’s osculation can make a difference on how the air helps during different times of the year. The paddles are tilted, the paddles can either pull up air as it turns, or the paddles push down the air. And sure enough on those hot days when not quite ready for a/c, the ceiling fan can help cool down the air in a nice way.Every once in a while during our real estate activities, we come upon a house that has the old pull beaded cord kitchen fan. It has a particular sound w...
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
Most tenants are required to provide a Security Deposit.The Security Deposit (SD) is used to protect the Landlord’s interest if the tenants damage the unit or defaults on rental payments.  In PA , the “Landlord Tenant Act” governs all residential SD’s.Here are a few of its provisions: 1. Maximum Amount of SD allowed - 2 Months 2.At the beginning of second year 1 month must be returned 3. From years 2-5   the SD can be increased to match the moly. Rent4. The SD is not to be used as the last month’s rent 5.After tenants vacate and have left a forwarding address the Property        Manager must do one of the following three :     1. Refund the entire SD      2. Partial Refund and send itemized list showing subtractions      3. No Refund , itemized list as why , and submit bill for add’l da...
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
     More than a decade ago we moved to a development called Mill Creek in West Lampeter Twp. , Lancaster Co.PA 17602 . One of the deciding factors for me was a walking trail that was 2+ miles of mulched walking path along a tributary of the  Conestoga River . Two of our dogs love this walk and have swam in the River on hot sunny days .      Along our walks we see all kinds of wild life andnative plant species. Some of these are Geese and Ducks in the water and Egrets on the River Bank .Squirrels , rabbits are abundant and often we bumpinto a deer or two . Numerous Bird species are chirping from the trees . Sometimes it’s near impossible to get my Black Lab out of the Woods.       Thanks to West Lampeter Twp. for maintaining this Wood land paradise.
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By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Delaware County PA offers a wide range of housing for people who want to live in a Senior Community.  These communities range in price, style and amenities, from a trailer home to a luxurious townhouse.At this moment there are 6 Active Listings posted for Senior Communities in Delaware County.The price range is $284,900 - $580,000.If you would like more information, let us know.(info from Bright MLS various broker/agents)If you are in need of experienced agents, give us a call. Fox Hill Farm - 55+ Glen Mills, PAThe Villas At Golf View - 55+ Springfield, PATraditions At Ridley Creek - 55+ Brookhaven, PA 
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 What are my marketing strategies for this year's challenging market in Real Estate Industry?  Stay Positive  Smile it is easier than frowning  Be enthusiastic and passionate  Be honest  Consistansisy and self-disciplined  Take seminars never too smart to learn  Make a presence on Social Media  These are steps that I have always taken. It is important not to fall into a negative mindset. Even in a changing Real Estate Market the basics still work in my humble opinion. There are no secrets to success just communication and perseverance  Keep the public informed about the market.  Keep in touch with your clients by email, phone, and or social media  Write personal notes to past clients to let them know you are thinking of them Send out just-sold and just-listed cards. People want to know ...
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
This is a question I get asked often, especially by first time buyers, but also clients moving from other states. So, I am going to address what happens here in Pennsylvania.Firstly, the earnest money can be different amounts, sometimes there may be one deposit, other times two deposits. Usually a buyer will give a first deposit of $1,000 followed by a second deposit after completion and negotiation of inspections that will be about 5% of the purchase price, but this amount is negotiable.My advice to clients is to always make sure your earnest money deposit is being held by a real estate broker and not an attorney or title company. The agreement of sale explicitly details how that deposit is handled by the real estate broker as does Pennsylvania law.Title companies and attorneys are not...
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By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Residential Homes For Sale in Springfield, Delaware County, PA as of January 20, 202313 Active ListingsPrice Range $324,960 - $1,250,00013 Houses Pending Sale Sold in Springfield in December  2020 2021 2022 # Sold 24 29 25 Average Days on Market 21 25 19 Minimum Price Sold $215,000 $185,121 $145,000 Maximum Price Sold $489,000 $530,000 $850,000 (info Bright MLS various brokers/agents)Smedley Park Springfield PAGolf View 55+ Community in Springfield PA Looking for experienced agents, give us a call.
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By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Residential Homes For Sale in Parkside, Delaware County, PA as of January 20, 20232 Active ListingsPrices $249, 900 - $319,9002 Houses Pending Sale Sold in Parkside in December  2020 2021 2022 # Sold 4 2 4 Average Days on Market 23 116 50 Minimum Price Sold $135,000 $80,000 $185,000 Maximum Price Sold $234,000 $184,900 $270,000 (info Bright MLS various brokers/agents)Parkside PA is part of the Penn-Delco School District.Looking for experienced agents?  Give us a call.
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By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Residential Homes For Sale in Middletown Township, Delaware County, PA as of January 20, 202330 Active ListingsPrice Range $119,000 - $1,600,00029 Houses Pending Sale Sold in Middletown Twp in December 2020 2021 2023 # Sold 17 26 13 Average Days on Market 11 32 17 Minimum Price Sold $265,000 $280,000 $320,000 Maximum Price Sold $675,000 $899,999 $774,900 (info Bright MLS various brokers/agents)Middletown Twp is part of Rose-Tree Media School District.If you are looking for experienced agents to help with your real estate needs,give us a call.
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By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Residential Houses for Sale in Media, Delaware County, PA as of January 20, 20237 Active ListingsPrice Range $445,000 - $1,795,0003 Houses Pending Sale Sold In Media in December  2020 2021 2022 # Sold 5 3 7 Average Days on Market 17 22 24 Minimum Price Sold $167,000 $180,000 $285,000 Maximum Price Sold $865,000 $325,000 $999,777 (info Bright MLS various brokers/agents)Media, PA is the County Seat of Delaware County.  Its motto is "Everybody's HomeTown".   If you want experienced agents to help you with your real estate needs, give us a call/text/email.
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By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Residential Homes For Sale in Brookhaven, Delaware County, PA as of January 20, 20234 Active ListingsPrice Range $157,000 - $284,9006 Houses Under Contract Sold in Brookhaven in December 2020 2021 2022 # Sold 13 17 9 Average Days on Market 31 29 22 Minimum Price Sold $103,000 $88,000 $85,000 Maximum Price Sold $379,900 $420,000 $350,000 (info Bright MLS various brokers/agents)Brookhaven PA is part of the Penn-Delco School DistrictIf you are looking for experienced agents to help with your real estate needs,give us a call.
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By Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376
(HomeStarr Realty)
 What is Happening In Delaire Landing Gated Waterfront Community  Currently, there is one active listing for sale in Delaire Landing For Sale:  2BR 2Bath 3rd floor 1036 Sq 'unit w/balcony updated kit  $214.900One is temporarily off the market: 2 BR 1 Bath first floor unit 992 Sq' $215,000 There is one pending listing There have been 5  SOLD Settled Condos in the last 40 days since my last report Sold:  1BR 1Bath first floor 816 Sq'unit SOLD $150,000  DOM 23 Sold: 1BR 1Bath first floor 818 Sq' remodeled Sold $200,000 DOM 71 Sold: 2BR 1.5 Bath second fl unit 980 Sq' remodeled Sold $232,500 DOM 9Sold: 2BR 2Bath third fl unit 1031 Sq' newer heater Sold $222,500 DOM 23 Sold: 2BR 2 Bath 2nd floor unit 1334Sq' ft balcony Sold $245,000 DOM 6 All information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed...
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By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Residential Houses For Sale in Delaware County PA as of January 20, 2023547 Active ListingsPrice Range $27,000 - $13,950,000548 Houses Pending Sale Sold in Delco in December  2020 2021 2022 # Sold 750 772 440 Average Days on Market 25 27 24 Minimum Price Sold $7,500 $22,000 $25,000 Maximum Price Sold $2,450,000 $1,950,000 $3,338,088 (info Bright MLS various brokers/agents)55+ Communities in Delaware County PAAre You Really Ready To Buy A Home? If you want experienced agents to help you with your real estate needs, give us a call/text/email.
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By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Residential Houses for Sale in Upper Providence Township, Delaware County, PA as of January 20, 20231 Active ListingPrice $625,0008 Houses Pending Sale Sold in Upper Providence Twp in Dec 2020 2021 2022 # Sold 17 8 8 Average Days on Market 10 47 56 Minimum Price Sold $272,500 $340,000 $90,000 Maximum Price Sold $781,000 $1,500,000 $1,315,000 (info Bright MLS various brokers/agents) Providence Animal Center Upper Providence Twp is part of Media PA zip code 19063. Providence Woods Subdivision The Providence Animal Shelter is always in need of supplies.     If you want experienced agents to help you with your real estate needs,  give us a call/text/email.
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By Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Selling the Main Line & Chester County
(Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400)
There is no typical buyer out there, everyone has different needs. I have had clients buy the second house I have shown them and others who have taken months of showings before finding the right home.In the last couple of years with the extremely low inventory and low interest rates there was the added complication of multiple offers making obtaining the home you want to buy even more complicated.Today, with the interest rates having risen multiple offers are not as common as many buyers have stopped looking or adjusted their price points. However, the lack of inventory still means that there are more buyers looking than homes coming on the market, so multiple offers have not disappeared completely.Historically, I have found most buyers, whatever their situation, look at between ten and...
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By Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA
(Berkshire Hathaway Home Services)
Residential Homes For Sale in Aston, Delaware County, PA as of January 20, 202310 Active ListingsPrice Range $185,000 - $1,200,00015 Houses Pending Sale Sold in Aston in December 2020 2021 2022 # Sold 20 15 13 Average Days on Market 9 28 19 Maximum Price Sold $370,000 $647.500 $590,000 Minimum Price Sold $100,000 $222,500 $145,000 (info Bright MLS various brokers/agents)Aston PA is part of the Penn-Delco School District.If you want experienced agents to help you with your real estate needs, give us a call/text/email.
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
.    Retirement seems to sneak up on most people. They believe they will live forever . Tragically many Realtors reach the Vocational Finish Line with nothing to sell ! How does this continue to happen to people who have labored 40+ years in their trade ?      There are several Primary Reasons for this failure : 1. They have nothing to sell because they have never harnessed ( organize)their business.  Since 2000 a real estate practice begins with a database.A newbie is taught that a database of 2,000 people will yield 40 closings per year . Most never accomplish this . A major reason for this failure islack of supervision by management, constantly drilling into them the daily practice of Lead Gen and building up this database. This same database is where all of their Settled clients wil...
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By Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist
(KW Elite )
      The Cassidy Clan  came together again to wish Cousin Jimmy an amazing 80th Birthday . Jimmy is the character in the center with the purple hat . He could pass for 70 ! We had the party at very unique brewery in the town of Slippery Rock . Thanks to all who put this together !        But this was more than just a Birthday Party .Growing up we were an inseparable Family who celebrated all Holidays together . In addition to those we came together at Wm. & Opal Cassidy’s home in Strawberry and Peach season . Opal made the best Strawberry Shortcake and “I must have a second slice” Peach Pie !           However all of our “ Greatest Generation “ family members have passed . A number of the Family have relocated to other states . And be before we knew it, 10 years had passed . In my spir...
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